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Soil team received second place in regional competition

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Missouri State University’s soil team recently placed second in the Region 5 American Society of Agronomy Collegiate Soil Judging Contest held at the Bond Learning Center.

Team members include:

  • Randall Beard,  
  • Brian Bunton, junior agricultural business major from Lamar, Mo.
  • Angela Crase, junior agricultural business major from Thayer, Mo.
  • Jordan Henderson, junior natural resources major from Louisburg, Mo.
  • Shawn Massey, junior natural resources major from Kirkwood, Mo.
  • Shannon McClintock, senior agronomy major from Purdy, Mo.
  • Britannie Schuette, junior natural resources major from Springfield, Mo.
  • Zach Straatmann, senior environmental plant science from Villa Ridge, Mo. 
  • Nolan Rapp, senior agronomy major from Schell City, Mo.
  • Shanee Ross, sophomore agriculture business major from Raytown, Mo.
  • Dillon Washam, junior environmental plant science major from Mount Vernon, Mo.

The events consisted of individual soil judging of two soil pits in the morning and team judging of three soil pits in the afternoon. The soil properties and qualities were observed and recorded on a score sheet.

In the individual events, Henderson placed second and Straatmann placed tenth.

“In the real word of natural resources, inventory and planning professionals often work in teams to solve complex problems. This competition prepares the participants to operate as a professional, as an individual and as part of a team,” said Thomas DeWitt, soil judging team coach.

The team will advance to the American Society of Agronomy’s National Collegiate Soils contest.

For more information, contact DeWitt at TADewitt@MissouriState.edu.


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